state honored martyred workers with memorial event
United States – The Missouri Department of Labor and Industrial Relations held a memorial ceremony at the Capitol on Monday to memorialize Missouri workers who died on the job.
The program for the ceremony identifies 115 people who worked in Missouri and were killed in 2021.
A speech from Gov. Mike Parson, poem readings, a presentation by the Lincoln University choir, and statements from state employees were among the highlights of the Missouri Workers’ Memorial Day ceremony.
The Missouri Department of Mental Health’s chief medical director, Angeline Stanislaus, said the previous two years had been terrible because of the number of people who have died as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak.
Stanislaus said that grief and coming over sorrow take time, and that’s fine. It’s not an occasion, but rather a specific approach with no right or wrong solutions. She said that through bringing others up, you may honor and cherish the relationship.
Angeline Stanislaus said,
Further she suggested,
“Let’s experience the rest of 2022 as a new beginning and fill it with hope and resilience. Let’s share our pain and experience growth in love and kindness.”
Workers’ Memorial Day is a yearly event hosted by the department for the families of those who have died as a result of workplace injuries.
Families and friends of those killed in the line of duty were handed a copy of Governor Mike Parson’s proclamation, a dogwood tree seedling, and an American flag that flew over the Capitol.
After an employee is lost, Parson believes it is essential for the government to respond with support, and one of the best ways to recover is to recall the individual and what he or she accomplished throughout his or her lifetime.
Governor Mike Parson said,
“Public servants truly sacrifice for people they’ll never know, they’ll never meet and they’ll never see again. That’s what true public servants do, and that’s why we’re here today to honor those people and to make sure we don’t forget.”
Throughout his career, the governor has experienced the loss of staff, colleagues, and loved ones.
Governor Mike Parson is the first and only Missouri governor to attend the Missouri Workers’ Memorial Day ceremony in several years.
Parson discussed his personal experiences with losing coworkers and what those events taught him about the devotion of public service.